Senators player courts new career in music
THE second annual Swish Classic basketball game has raised more than $65,000 for Youth Focus.
Stirling Senators player Nick Iliadis (21) could not take the court because of injury, but performed before the match.
The aspiring singer songwriter from Watermans Bay sold CDs at the game.
“I know they deal with youth suicide prevention and I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression myself,” Iliadis said.
“I’m still currently dealing with it, so Youth Focus is something dear to my heart and I saw performing as a good opportunity to help out in some way.”
Iliadis picked up the guitar when he had time off the court because of injuries.
“I decided to pick up the guitar and I learnt from YouTube video, I’m self-taught,” he said.
He admitted that when he first started he sounded “terrible” but with practice, he got better and learned to love music and performing.
Held on the WA Day holiday at the Bendat Basketball Centre in Mt Claremont, the event featured male and female all-stars teams from north and south of the river and pulled a large crowd.
“I think there were about 400 people there, it was the most I’ve played in front of,” Iliadis said
“It was a little bit nerve-wracking but I had a lot of my friends there,” he said.
Currently playing in a band as well as working on solo projects, the up-and-coming musician hopes to pursue music as a career.
“I’m very much into my music at the moment; when I’m older hopefully my music can push me to an avenue where I can be an ambassador for Youth Focus to provide help for others who are going through the same thing,” Iliadis said.
Benched for the annual Swish Classic fundraising game, Stirling Senators player Nick Iliadis still shone courtside when he performed on his guitar.